MORNING SICKNESS: HOMEOPATHY HELPS CURB NAUSEA IN PREGNANCY
The anticipation and excitement of pregnancy is often tempered with physical discomfort. Sometimes you begin to feel nauseous, experience vomiting, or have appetite changes as early as three weeks. This can last through the first trimester of pregnancy and sometimes extends the entire term. Morning sickness can appear at any time and is not to be confused with the more serious condition of uncontrollable vomiting called hyperemesis gravidarum. Hyperemesis gravidarum can lead to serious ailments such as dehydration and even liver damage and should be tended to by a physician.
While there are many self-care tips, Homeopathy can be a useful means of addressing the symptoms of morning sickness and initiate generalized wellness. Hormonal and metabolic changes as well as your susceptibility all affect your body’s adjustment to pregnancy. Many feelings may rise around this event. Joyful anticipation, excitement, or ecstasy, and at times doubt, ambivalence, or even fear may challenge your wellbeing.
There are numerous approaches to consider for Homeopathic care. Constitutional care is one. Constitutional care helps bring about a general wellness and can help lessen the tendencies towards disruptive symptoms. This is the type care where you develop a partnership with a qualified Homeopath and begin treatment under the Homeopath’s guidance. This type care requires a commitment to the process both from the client and the Homeopath. It is working closely with a Homeopath to improve general overall wellness. Constitutional care is what we recommend for anyone considering conceiving or for anyone wishing to bring about better health in general. Homeopathy can even prevent inherited predisposition to certain illnesses.
For simple home care, here are few common remedies to try. Remember in Homeopathy it is important to pay attention to the symptoms and match them to the remedy picture.
Ipecacuanha is an excellent remedy to consider when there is constant nausea which is unrelieved by vomiting. You simply do not feel better after vomiting. You might experience sharp pains around your naval which may or may not be accompanied by bright red uterine bleeding. Vomiting occurs as soon as you eat. Another symptom that is peculiar to the Ipecacuanha picture is a clean tongue, certainly not a condition one would think of with vomiting. Interestingly, Ipecacuanha is what is used to make Ipecac, the emetic used to induce vomiting. However, when Homeopathically prepared, it can relieve this symptom. While this may appear to be contradictory, it is an example of one of the principles on which Homeopathy is based, “Like Cures Like.” What has the capacity to make a healthy person sick has the ability to make well a person who is suffering with similar symptoms.
If you are nauseous but not necessarily vomiting, and nausea starts with the smell of food, or even the thought of food, think of Colchicum. You might also experience tremendous bloating. With Colchicum, passive motion – such as riding in a car – makes you feel better. Colchicum is made from Homeopathically prepared Meadow Saffron.
Nausea and vomiting accompanied by persistant retching and gagging could suggest Nux Vomica (Nux-v). Like Ipecacuanha, a Nux-v person might feel worse with the odor of food and vomits as soon as food is eaten. Unlike Ipecacuanha, a person needing Nux-v will also be restless and irritable.
Another common remedy for morning sickness is Sepia (made from ink of a cuttle fish). A person needing this remedy will have constant nausea yet feels better from eating. The vomit might be milky with mucous. Perhaps you are worn out from previous births or overly concerned about your unborn child. You may even be afraid of having a child. You might experience a craving for pickles, vinegar, and sour foods.
If your symptoms closely resemble any of these remedy pictures, you might try one of these remedies. Remedies can be found in your local health food store or from your Homeopath. If you would like to try Homeopathy, here are some simple instructions for use. Drop one pellet from the lid of the container in approximately 4 oz. of water. Let dissolve. Stir about 5 times and take one teaspoon. Stir and repeat taking one teaspoon every 20 minutes up to 2 hours. Take the remedy and then wait for a positive response. A positive response is relief from the symptoms. Remember in Homeopathy – LESS IS BEST! Stop as soon as you feel relief. The remedy has done its job. If you finish the two hours with temporary, partial, or no relief, STOP. This is not the right remedy for you. Consult a trained homeopath. If conditions such as nausea, vomiting, and uterine hemorrhaging are persistent or severe — seek immediate medical attention. Your life and your baby’s life could be at risk.
Homeopathy is useful for all stages of pregnancy, labor, and postnatal care. It can be used effectively for babies as well as grandmothers, in fact, any age person or pet in your family can reap its benefits. If you want to include Homeopathy as part of your prenatal care, midwives trained in Homeopathy can help you through the birthing process or you may consult a professional Homeopath. Many Homeopaths are available to work with you and your midwife to guide you though this magical time.
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Myra Nissen & Margo Adams, published: Community Kids, March 2008, Volume 5, Issue 3
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